Advanced GI MIS/Bariatric Surgery Fellows & Alumni
You’ll spend a year learning our multi-disciplinary approach to bariatric patients and practicing advanced laparoscopic and robotic procedures. Our fellows graduate prepared to establish a minimally invasive bariatric surgery or foregut program in an academic environment or private practice.
Meet our 2023-24 fellow
David Vavra, MD
Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minn.
Surgical residency: Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wis.
Brandon Smith, MD
Medical school: Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio
Surgical residency: Summa Health, Akron, Ohio
Practice location: UnityPoint Health, Des Moines, Iowa
Jared R. Miller, MD
Medical school: Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tenn.
Surgical residency: University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.
Practice location: Sono Bello Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.
Brandon C. Dessecker, MD
Medical school: Northeast Ohio America University (NEOMED)
Surgical residency: Western Reserve Health Education, Youngstown, Ohio
Practice location: Southwoods Surgical Hospital, Youngstown, Ohio
Katelyn M. Mellion, MD
Medical school: University of Toledo College of Medicine
Surgical residency: Good Samaritan Hospital, Trihealth, Cincinnati, Ohio
Practice location: Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wis.
Tripurari Mishra, MD
Medical school: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Surgical residency: General Surgery at University of Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Group Hospitals
Practice location: Baptist Health Surgical Clinic of Central Arkansas, Little Rock, Ark.
Hear from a recent grad
Call La Crosse Home
We have it all in La Crosse, Wis. Our vibrant city and region support your dream lifestyle with a welcoming community, culture and outdoor adventure.
Steps from our flagship medical center in La Crosse, our housing options allow you to enjoy the company of your family and the comradery of your colleagues.
Prioritizing Your Wellness
As you learn how to become the clinician you aspire to be, we’ll provide space to prioritize your mind and body wellness, and reach the work-life balance you need.